1 - Intro and Ecological Experimentation in Agriculture

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Unformatted text preview: Introduction and Ecological Experimentation in Agriculture Ecology = study of interactions among organisms and their environment Biotic components = biological components = living organisms Abiotic components = physical components = energy, water, climate, chemicals, etc. Levels of Organization Population = group of individuals of same kind (species?) Community = all populations in area = different kinds of organisms Levels of Organization Ecosystem = Community + Abiotic components Ecosystem Boundary is Arbitrary Ecosystem Environment Many Kinds of Ecosystems Aquatic Forest Agroecosystem Urban Etc. Agroecosystem vs. Natural Systems Defined boundaries Managed system Many Kinds of Agroecosystems Cultivated field Orchard Conventional ag systems Complex tropical ag systems Organic farms Forests Grasslands, animal production systems Home gardens Greenhouses Urban lawns Etc. Levels of Organization Ecosystem Landscape (Local) (Vicinity) Biome Biosphere (Regional) (Earth) Subject of Course is science of biological and physical components of the agroecosystem Emphasis on principles Many different subjects come together in agroecology...
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